Two camouflage-painted vehicles were positioned at the west corner of Frostee’s on Thursday, July 2, the large military Humvees almost dwarfing the single-story shop. Residents who happened by the restaurant for lunch or to cool off with a frozen refreshment, received a special treat as a few Iowa Army National Guardsmen stopped by for a visit. 

Sgt. David Passmore, PFC Megan Cowman and PFC Hunter Ferguson, in honor of the 4th of July holiday, let their guard down and had a little fun by holding a mini celebration at the ice cream shop. 

National Guard visits Frostee's

PFC Megan Cowman presents Kinslee Simon with the backpack she won for tossing the most bags in the hole during the bean bag game. Her brother Weston received a lanyard and a pair of sunglasses which the guard handed out.

The noontime activities included a four-hole bean bag toss where participants competed for a prize if they scored a bag in the hole. Prizes included pairs of sunglasses, lanyards with the words Iowa National Guard printed on them, or Guard T-shirts printed with different designs. 

A hanging banner was also displayed, where veterans could be honored and recognized by signing their name and listing their years of service.

The military members soon became popular with the younger set as a few children joined the team for a photo opportunity. Standing among the group with a cone in one hand and an ice cream smile mothers snapped pictures capturing the moment.

National Guard visits Frostee's

Iowa National Guard members PFC Cowman (left) and Sgt. Passmore take a moment during their celebration to pose for a photo with Lane Myers. The guard were very popular among the young crowd.

Clad in their black T-shirts with the neon yellow Iowa National Guard lettering, Frostee’s owners Kirk and Allison Naber and Joan Acela also enjoyed the event and had a great time with their military friends.

Managing editor at the Madisonian.